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Stephen Robin (b. 1944)

A resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Robin was born in Washington, DC in 1944.  He has created a large number of sculptures in aluminum, stone, cast iron, bronze and cement for public places such as the Tampa International Airport, the Ronald Reagan Building, The Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse, Newark, New Jersey,  Plaza of the Trenton War Memorial, Trenton, New Jersey, and others.

Education:
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, MFA, 1968
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, BFA, 1966
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA 1954-66

Teaching:
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1986
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1985
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA, 1975-77
John Herron School of Art of Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 1968-70

Grants and Awards:
Citation, Design Awards, General Services Administration, 1998
PA Council on the Arts Fellowship, 1990
Society of Medallists Competition, Medallic Art Company, 1976
Racine Art Foundry Prize, Detroit Institute of Art, 1969

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Selected Sculpture, The Philadelphia International Airport, 1998-99
Recent Sculpture, Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ, 1980
Recent Sculpture and Drawings, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 1979
Two Philadelphia Sculptors, Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, 1978
Recent Sculpture, West Chester State College, West Chester, PA, 1977
Sculpture, Drawings and Poems, Pratt Gallery, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT, 1970

Selected Group Exhibitions:
Design Excellence: Public Patronage of Architecture and Art, The Octagon Museum, Washington, DC, 2003-04
Public Art Works in Progress, Department of State Building, Trenton, NJ, 2002
Public Art: Concept/ Process/ Realization, Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, Philadelphia, PA, 2000
The Magic of Venice, Qualita Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV, 1999
Objects of Desire, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY, 1999
Summer Pleasures, Qualita Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV, 1999
Continuing the Legacy: the 1999 Design Awards, National Building Museum, Washington, DC, 1999
Sharp Metal Objects, Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA, 1998
Completing the Federal Triangle, National Building Museum, Washington, DC, 1998
Vessels, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 1997
Table Tops: Morandi to Mapplethorpe, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA, 1997
Garden Revisited, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA, 1997
Spring/Summer Exhibition, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, 1997
Ars Botanica/Art & Nature, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 1996
Sculpture for the Garden, Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN, 1995
Project: Exhibit, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 1995
Vision and Dreams, Takashimaya, New York, NY, 1994
Form of Nature/ Nature of Form, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, 1994
A Bouquet for Juan, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY, 1994
Contemporary Sculpture Directions, Payne Gallery, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, 1994
Hard Choices/Just Rewards II, PA Council on the Arts Fellowship recipients, Johnstown Art Museum, Blair Art Museum, University of Pittsburgh, Everhart Museum, Edinboro University, Westminster College, University of the Arts (Philadelphia), 1991-3
In the Public Eye, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, 1991
22nd Basel International Art Fair, Marilyn Pearl Gallery, Basel, Switzerland, 1991
Philadelphia Art Now/Contemporary Philadelphia Artists, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, 1990 (catalogue)
21st Basel International Art Fair, Marilyn Pearl Gallery, Basel, Switzerland, 1990
Ironies: The Figure and Still Life in Sculpture, Marilyn Pearl Gallery, Basel, Switzerland, 1990
Sculpture, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1990
Biennial '89, Delaware Art Museum, Willmington, DE, 1989
20th Basel International Art Fair, Marilyn Pearl Gallery, Basel, Switzerland, 1989
Contemporary, Heath Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 1988
New in New York, Marilyn Pearl Gallery, New York, NY, 1988
Art in City Hall: The Self Portrait, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA, 1986
Faculty's Choice, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA 1984
Fantasy and Humor, Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1983
S/300 (Sculpture/Tricentennial/1982), The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 1982 (catalog)
Cheltenham Art Center Exhibition, The Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA, 1981
Gallery Group, A.J. Wood Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1980
Philadelphia Art '79, Federal Complex, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, Pa, 1979
Small Works, Touchstone Gallery, New York, NY, 1978
Contemporary Reflections, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, 1978 (catalog)
Gallery Group, 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY, 1978
14 Sculptors Gallery Exchange Exhibition, Gallery 10 Ltd., Washington, DC, 1977
Committee's Choice, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 1977
Fiber/Wood/Stone/Plastic, Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ, 1977
Tyler School of Art Alumni, Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa, 1976
Regional Sculpture, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 1976
36th Annual, Woodmere Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1976
Five New England Sculptors, Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, 1972
Regional Sculpture, Swope Gallery of Art, Terre Haute, IN, 1970
Indiana Artists, the Herron Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, 1969
Michigan Artists, Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI, 1969
Ball State National Drawing and Small Sculpture Exhibition, Muncie, IN, 1967

Commissions:
Waterlily, (granite), fountain centerpiece, Parkshore Plaza, St. Petersburg, FL (Phil Graham & Company, landscape architects), 2006
Orange Blossom!, (aluminum and cement), Tampa International Airport, Tampa, FL (Albert Alfonso, architect), 2005
A Walk through the Woods, (aluminum and tile), PATCO Stations, Philadelphia, PA (Delaware River Port Authority commission), 2003
Memorial Flowers, (aluminum), plaza, The War Memorial, Trenton, NJ, (Vitetta Group, restoration architects), 2003
Trellis, (resin, paint, lighting), atrium, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002
Rosettes: Stasis and Motion, (granite), Newark Penn Station (NJ Transit/NJ State Council on the Arts Commission), Beyer Blinder Belle, architects), 1999
Nebraska Grilles, (bronze), atrium, Roman L. Hruska United States Courthouse, Omaha, NE (General Services Administration commission, James Ingo Freed of Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, architect), 1999
Federal Triangle Flowers, (aluminum, limestone), plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC (General Services Administration commission, James Ingo Freed, architect), 1997
Bowl of Fruit II, (cement), Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA, 1989, adapted for site 1993
Cornucopiae, (cement), plaza, Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Newark, NJ (General Services Administration commission), 1991
Bowl of Fruit III, (cement), atrium, 404 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA (IBM-Arkwright joint venture), 1989
Coal Miner, (bronze), City Square, Zeigler, IL (commissioned by the Bank of Zeigler), 1974

Ornamental Commissions:
Medallions, Downtown Tampa Residence Inn, Tampa, FL (CDH Partners, Marietta, GA, architects), 2000
Frieze, exterior entrance-way, private residence, Beverly Hills, CA, 1992
Medallion, US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Fairton, NJ (Vitetta Group, architects) 1989
Architectural Model (ornamental members), Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery, London (Venturi Scott
Brown and Associates, Philadelphia, PA), 1987
Interior Arch, The St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO (Venturi Scott Brown and Associates, Philadelphia, PA), 1985
Centerpiece, Old Custom's House, New York, NY, 1985
Restoration, facade, Reading Terminal, Philadelphia, PA (John Milner Associates, Philadelphia, PA), 1985
Patterns, bronze façade, The Limited Headquarters, Madison Avenue, New York, NY (Beyer Blinder Belle, architects, New York, NY), 1985
Restoration, Old Merchant's House, New York, NY (Edward Vason Jones, architect, Albany, GA), 1980
Frieze and Overdoor, American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (Berry B. Tracy, curator), 1979
Overdoor, Thomas Jefferson Diplomatic Reception Room, US Department of State, Washington, DC (Edward Vason Jones, architect, Albany, GA), 1976
Ceiling Ornament, Entrance Hall, Diplomatic Reception Rooms, US Department of State, Washington, DC (Edward Vason Jones, architect, Albany, GA), 1976
Brass Chandelier Patterns, Statuary Hall, US Capitol Building, Washington, DC, (George M. White, architect), 1975
Garlands, Mississippi Governor's Mansion, Jackson, MS (Edward Vason Jones, architect, Albany, GA), 1975
Medallion, North Carolina Department of the Treasury, Raleigh, NC, 1975
Medallions, Lobby, Temple University School of Business, Philadelphia, PA, 1965

Medallic Commissions:
The Sheldon Catlin Award, Insurance Company of North America, 1979
Mauricio Porraz International Coastal Engineering Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1978
Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 1978
H. William Scott, Jr. Society Medal, Vanderbilt School of Medicine, 1977
Horton Medal, American Geophysical Union, 1976
Joseph M. Farley Medal, Alabama Nuclear Power Company, 1976
Alfred M. Freudenthal Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1976

Bibliography:
Below the Surface, Leslie Kaufman, Inside Magazine, Summer, 2005
Stephen Robin: Below the Surface, Roberta Fallon, Philadelphia Weekly, March 2, 2005
Drawn and Cast, Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer, February, 18, 2005
Beyond May Day, R.B. Strauss, Weekly Press (Philadelphia, PA), May 2, 2001
Darkness Visible, Roberta Fallon, Philadelphia Weekly, April, 25, 2001
Designed for the Public Eye/ New Courthouse Sprouts Artwork, Deborah Alexander, Omaha World Herald, Aug. 26, 2000
This Art Was Made for You and Me, Roberta Fallon, Philadelphia Weekly, May 17, 2000
News: GSA Design Award Winners, Sculpture Magazine, May 1999
American Sculpture Tour: Philadelphia, Marsha Moss and Robin Rice, Sculpture Magazine, May 1999
Terminal Art/Sight Control, Robin Rice, Philadelphia City Paper, January 29, 1999
Local Heroes, Miriam Seidel, Art News, November, 1998
Art that Gets to the Point, feature article, Harrisburg Intelligencer Journal, August 21, 1998
The Capstone of the Federal Triangle, Benjamin Forgey, the Washington Post, April 25, 1998
Traditional to Modern, "Table Tops" Shows its Artistry with Grandeur, Bill Fark, North County Times, Escondido, CA, September 26, 1997
Things in Place, Bill Berkson (Tabletops Catalog Essay), California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, CA, 1997
You Gotta See This . . . , Gerard Brown, Philadelphia Weekly, October 22, 1997
Abington Art Center, Victoria Donohoe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 13, 1997
Gardens Meet Art at Grounds for Sculpture, Janet Purcell, The Trenton Times, June 27, 1997
At Grounds for Sculpture, A Vision is Expanding Grandly, Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 25, 1997
Federal Agency Halts Project, Art in the Balance, Jacqueline Trescott, The Washington Post, June 22, 1996
Criminal Justice Center, Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 12, 1996
Decoration that is not merely ornamental, Edward J. Sozanski, The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 21, 1995
Unconventional Wisdom, Jim Quinn, Philadelphia Magazine, January, 1994 (photo only)
Public Art Review, Art in America, annual edition, 1993 (re: Cornucopiae)
The Philadelphia Scene: An Outsider's View, Kenneth Baker, The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 15, 1990
Three Sculptors, Anne Fabbri Butera, Arts Magazine, January 1980
Stephen Robin, Hedy O' Beil, Arts Magazine, 1978
Sculpture of a City: Philadelphia's Treasures in Bronze and Stone, Walker Publishing Company, NY (work represented in hardback edition only), 1974

Consulting:
The National World War II Memorial, Washington, DC, Friedrich St. Florian, architect, 2000

Public Collections:
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
United States Courthouse, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Sources include:   
www.stephenrobinsculptor.com


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